Rennie Murray & Co. (Pty) Ltd

Ground Floor, Unit 28, Foregate Square, Table Bay Boulevard, Cape Town 8001, South Africa
Rennie Murray & Co. (Pty) Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Bidvest Group Limited. The company provides marine and cargo surveying and related services to the local and international marine insurance markets, shipping lines and agents, freight forwarders, motor manufacturers and maritime attorneys. Rennie Murray holds the appointment as Lloyd's Agent at Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town. The Lloyd's Agency appointments in South Africa have been held for over a century. Rennie Murray is also the appointed South African survey agent of WKWebster and Cesam as well as South African correspondents for the Verein Hanseatischer Transportversicherer e.V. and the American Institute of Marine Underwriters. In addition we are the appointed correspondents for the majority of reputable overseas Hull & machinery Underwriters including Gard, The Swedish Club, HDI Gerling, Norwegian Hull Club, Codan and SCUA (Scandinavian Underwriting Agency). Rennie Murray remains the only company of its type with its own offices at all the major ports in South Africa including the inland port of Johannesburg. We have correspondents at East London and are able to service Richards Bay and Walvis Bay (Namibia) upon request.

Company Staff

Adam Baker
Branch Manager, Johannesburg
Adam joined Rennie Murray in 2001 and has 10 years of general cargo surveying experience. He has extensive experience of both major claims arising out of theft and damage, as well as Goods in Transit claims and stock throughput claims. P&I surveys are also conducted for various P&I Clubs at the inland port of Johannesburg at the request of the local P&I correspondent. Adam was appointed Branch Manager of the Johannesburg office in 2011, following the retirement of Gill Baker.
Andrew Heathcote
Branch Manager, Durban
Andrew gained practical working experience within the freight forwarding and ships agency environments while studying towards the National Diploma in Maritime Studies. Upon successful completion of his tertiary education, Andrew was employed as a cargo surveyor in Durban and Richards Bay. Andrew has also worked for a firm of local brokers as a hull risk assessor (pleasure craft). Andrew joined the Company in January 2004 and subsequently transferred to Port Elizabeth in order to establish an office in that centre. In September 2006 he once again returned to the Durban office to be appointed Branch Manager in August 2007.
Rainer Breckwoldt
Managing Director
Rainer is a qualified Master Mariner who has gained extensive navigational and management experience in the shipping industry, as well as completing various specialist courses in Germany and the United Kingdom. Rainer has acquired over 20 years of marine and cargo surveying experience since coming ashore in 1989. He has extensive knowledge of the majority of marine cargoes and has special expertise in the investigation of major marine casualties. Rainer was appointed Branch Manager of the Cape Town office in 1995, a Director of the Company in 1997 and as Managing Director in 2006.
Wayne Steel
Branch Manager, Cape Town
On completing his tertiary maritime training, Wayne joined an International Shipping Company where he sailed as Deck Officer onboard foreign going vessels. In addition to standard STCW ’95 training, during his sea carrier Wayne also attended several specialized tanker courses in the United Kingdom. In 2005 Wayne came ashore and obtained employment in vessel management with a local ship-owner, before joining Rennie Murray as Marine Surveyor in 2006. Wayne was appointed Manager of the Western Cape and Namibia regions in 2012. In addition to his maritime education, Wayne also obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Maritime Law and Marine Insurance at the University of Cape Town. Wayne’s association with the local maritime fraternity, including the General Botha Old Boy’s Association and the Maritime Law Association, enable him to keep well updated on maritime related affairs in and around the region.